Canadian sentenced to three years in prison for violating Iran sanctions
A US Judge sentenced a Canadian-Iranian citizen to three years in prison for conspiracy to violate economic sanctions placed on Iran, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said in a statement.
Parsa, 45, conspired to obtain high-technology electronic components from US companies between 2009 and 2015 in an effort to ship them to Iranian clients in violation of US economic sanctions, according to prosecutors.
"Ali Reza Parsa [was sentenced] to three years in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Power Act (IEEPA) and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR)," the statement said on Monday.
The components that Parsa attempted to obtain included cryogenic accelerometers, which measure acceleration and have both commercial and military uses, including in applications related to ballistic missile propellants and rocket engines, prosecutors added.
Moreover, Parsa allegedly provided false destination and end-user information about the components in order to conceal the illegality of these transactions, according to court records.
Parsa was arrested in October 2014 and pled guilty in January 2016.